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Senior EPA Officials to Attend National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Meeting in New Orleans

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Contact Information: Dave Ryan (News Media Only) Ryan.dave@epa.gov 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency independent advisory group, will hold a public meeting in New Orleans Jan. 27-29 to discuss environmental justice issues. EPA Assistant Administrators Cynthia Giles and Mathy Stanislaus, along with other senior officials, will take part in an opening dialogue with NEJAC on Jan. 27.

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has made promoting environmental justice and expanding the conversation of environmentalism one of the seven key priorities of her tenure at the Agency. Since taking office, she has appointed a Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and a Senior Counsel for External Civil Rights in order to focus the agency’s efforts to address the health and environmental burdens faced by communities disproportionately impacted by pollution. Most recently, and consistent with this commitment, the agency announced that it would assess the impacts of its hazardous waste rule on disadvantaged communities. This action will also be used to inform EPA’s ongoing effort to strengthen the consideration of environmental justice in rulemakings.

WHO: Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance

          Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
      Senior EPA officials

WHAT: Public meeting on environmental justice

WHERE: New Orleans Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal Street, 504-581-1000

WHEN: Jan.27, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CST
      Jan. 28, 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST
      Jan. 29, 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

NOTE: Reporters who wish to attend the event should pre-register online at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/ej/nejac/register.html

NEJAC Information: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html

EPA’s Environmental Justice Program: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/